We’ve been wondering for a while now what Pennywise the Clown would look like in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. There was this fan interpretation as well as director Andy Muschietti’s own drawing. However, none of these gave us the look we so desperately wanted to see. But today that’s changed as the official Pennywise, who is being played by Bill Skarsgard, has been revealed by EW and he looks evil as hell!
Skarsgard tells the site, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.” He continues, stating that everyone purposefully went away from the “greasy” clown look that Heath Ledger created for The Joker. “It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look.”
He also explains his approach to the character, “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the two-part film will see the first segment released on September 8th, 2017.
The book follows these characters as children and then again years later as adults when they come together to face their fears one last time in the hopes of defeating their foe.
It also stars Bills Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, Owen Teague (“Bloodline”), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween ), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy ), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).